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Posted on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 9:16 a.m.

Former girlfriend of Saline MSU student testifies he grabbed, tried to choke her

By Cindy Heflin

The former girlfriend of Brandon Carmack testified Wednesday the Saline resident grabbed her by the neck at a gathering on Aug. 28 and tried to choke her until Michigan State University hockey players and others intervened.


Brandon Carmack

East Lansing Police Department

Carmack, an MSU student, initially claimed that hockey players beat him up at the gathering, but police later alleged he was the aggressor and he was charged with assault and battery and filing a false police report.

"He directly marched toward me, grabbed me by the arm and said, 'You're coming with me,'" Carmack's former girlfriend testified at the hearing. "He was very frantic, very angry, very emotional. He was very intoxicated, dripping with sweat."

Carmack is charged with two counts of assault and battery, misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine; domestic assault and battery, which carries the same penalties as assault and battery; filing a false police report of a felony, a felony punishable by up to four years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine; and stalking, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a one-year jail term and a $1,000 fine.

Hockey players also testified at the hearing Wednesday, alleging Carmack was combative and assaulted them when they tried to make sure he left the gathering.


Matt Tuck

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

Brandons original statement was he was beat up by Hockey players. Then the former girlfriend said it was members of the swim team. Now it's back to hockey players? Which team was it?


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

I don't know anything about this case other than what I've read online, and I don't know Brandon. These are very serious charges, and if they're true, I don't condone his actions in any way. I do think it would be better to show some compassion in the comments that are being posted here about Brandon and his family. I used to know Mrs. Carmack when her younger son and my child attended school together. I'm sure her heart has been breaking in these past few months. Any one of us at any time could have someone close to us do something that is terribly wrong. None of us are immune. I offer my prayers to the whole Carmack family and to the victim in this case, and I pray that along with justice there will be charity.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

Congrats to the former girlfriend!! He needs to be put away for a while. Damn shame too, a very good looking young man.

Basic Bob

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 5:06 a.m.

Looks can be deceiving.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

he was just trying to help, the article says she was choking...maybe the author meant strangle.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

No, the article never says she was choking. It states that he was choking her.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:35 p.m.

I think Mr. Carmack's mother owes an apology to the MSU hockey team since she went to the media insisting that they be held accountable when she didn't have the whole story. And I hope there is heck to pay at home for Brandon since his lies pretty much humiliated his family and cast a negative light on MSU.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

I like the other picture of him, which showed the results of his actions.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

I agree, the other picture showed the effectiveness of some well-deserved street justice!

John of Saline

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:15 p.m.

Alcohol is a hell of a drug.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:08 p.m.

And lots of people take LSD and don't freak out and get naked. But it is still a hell of a drug. And in my opinion alcohol ruins many more lives.

John of Saline

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:58 p.m.

Well, duh. Not saying he isn't responsible. Drunks need to face the consequences of their actions, like anyone else.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:21 p.m.

Lots of people drink alcohol and do not beat up and choke women!


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

To the former girlfriend of this you-know-what: good for you for pressing charges!!!! stick to your guns because what he did to you was wrong, wrong, wrong. as a survivor of domestic violence, I have been down that road also and know firsthand how traumatic it can be. Stay Strong, my Sister, I will too. MR. CARMACK: I strongly recommend that you get some counseling because this problem will continue to dog you if you don't. in the meantime, I hope the judge throws the book at you. any troubles arising from this situation are solely of your own making so do not play the victim. most of us won't buy it.